Here is one way to garden in a severe drought - plant an Olla (pronounced O-ya.) Pot irrigation is an ancient practice. You plant the pot up to its neck, fill it with water, cover the hole with a stone and the porous terra cotta seeps moisture into the soil. Nothing is lost to evaporation.
The way it works is plants wrap their roots around the Olla. Good for raised bed gardens and containers of all kinds.
Washington Post—Scientist weed out “bad seeds”
Nobody wants to spoil the fun for egg hunts and Easter baskets, but know that Easter grass seriously harms the health of backyard birds.
The first problem is that birds are attracted to plastic Easter grass as sparkly as it is. And it happens to be just the right size and weight to make a soft landing for real bird eggs.
The trouble begins when the chicks hatch and get tangled up in the grass. Not only can plastic Easter grass strangle newborn birds, it can grab hold of the mother’s leg leaving her unable to leave the nest to feed her chicks.
Bird lovers everywhere ask us not to use plastic Easter grass. If you do, be sure to pick up every single strand you find.
Better yet, use shredded paper, paper packing material or line Easter baskets with sustainable options like pretty cloth napkins.
SPONSORED POST—Tour season is upon us and one of the stops that makes us feel like kids in a candy store is the Annual Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa. Mark your calendar for four days of garden design displays, plant and gadget vendors and speakers galore April 24-27.
Thursday meet Dan Hinkley of Heronswood fame, Friday hear Johanna Silver of Sunset magazine, Saturday meet Pat Welsh, Julie Bawden-Davis and Shirley Bovshow and Sunday nosh on the wild side with Teresa O’Conner of Seasonal Wisdom.
The best part is is it’s all free and there are restaurants. Lots of restaurants. If you like artisan breads, try Pacific Whey Cafe.
I’ll be making a mad dash for that giant geranium ‘Orion’ hoping Robin Parer of Geraniaceae hasn’t sold out.
Gardeners in all the united states can enjoy the cherry blossoms at the D.C. Jefferson Memorial with this 24-hour cam of the blooms at the Tidal Basin. Peaking now! Watch the trees tossing in the breeze and imagine that you’re strolling beneath the branches.
In the Capital—-What year was Lady Bird planting those trees?
Everybody is going a little nutty over this new plant - no seriously - the plant is new - a cross by Charles Valin between foxglove and isoplexis. It’s a stunner with 3-foot blooms in tequila sunrise colors, best in show at Chelsea Flower Show and popping up everywhere like Armstrong Nursery, Annie’s Annuals and Wayside Gardens.
Take Part—Big city soils not so safe
Here is the tag line for “Outwitting Squirrels”: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels. The book is part serious squirrel facts delivered with humor and part rating systems of squirrel-proof feeders. One of the categories: hilarity.
Seriously though: If you’d like to win this 3rd Edition by Bill Adler Jr., leave us a comment about your most egregious squirrel experience. A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.
Last week’s winners of free passes to Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens: Scott Lathrop, Dee Dee, Sylvia Borovay, Cheri H, Angie H, Connie Beck and Danny. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address.
Some gardeners give them a squirt with ammonia and water…really works wonders by the way, while others knit them shell cozies. Katie Bradley doesn’t do this all the time. Mostly she crochets cozies for turtles.
Tree Hugger —Nine edible everyday weeds
No gardener likes to see a sodden bee corpse floating in a fountain. Here’s a safe way to offer bees the water they need, from the friendly folks at The Walden Effect blog. A tip of the garden hat to Eve Meng who spotted this.
Sioux City Journal—-Up to 70 percent of Iowa honeybees died this winter.